Chattanooga, TN (November 24, 2014) – The imagination and talents of Hamilton County STEM School students will be on display when EPB reveals its downtown holiday windows on Thanksgiving eve.
This year’s theme, “Holiday Showcase: bringing it to life,” was inspired by some friendly competition between four STEM School teams. They combined dazzling light arrays and acrylics to tell time-honored holiday stories with a snow man factory, gingerbread house construction site, candy cane lab, Santa scene and ice castle.
“We had so much fun with the STEM students,” said EPB resource planning manager Angela Taylor. “The kids learned how to take a concept and build something really special that our entire community will love.”
EPB welcomes families to enjoy the revealing of the Holiday Windows on the Broad and Market Street sides of the company’s downtown building.
Public parking is available at EPB’s downtown garage with entry from 10th Street between Market and Broad Streets.
The EPB holiday windows have been a downtown Chattanooga tradition spanning seven decades. They will remain open for the community to enjoy through January 2.
Established as an independent board of the City of Chattanooga in 1935, EPB is a municipally-owned utility that provides electric power and fiber optic communications services as a means of promoting economic development and enhancing quality of life across the local area.
EPB serves nearly 180,000 homes and businesses in a 600 square-mile area that includes greater Chattanooga, as well as parts of surrounding counties and areas of North Georgia.
In 2010, EPB became the first provider in the United States to deliver up to 1 Gig (1,000 mbps) internet speeds utilizing a community-wide fiber optic network that provides access to every home and business in its service area. In 2015, EPB became the first (and to date) only American ISP to make up to 10 Gig (10,000 mbps) internet speeds accessible to all of its residential and commercial customers as a standard offer.
EPB has also utilized its community-wide fiber optic network to deploy the most advanced and highly automated smart grid power management system in the nation. In recognition of EPB’s groundbreaking infrastructure, the Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are utilizing EPB’s smart grid as a national model for researching and developing best practices. EPB is also the first major power distribution utility to earn the USGBC’s PEER certification for having a highly automated, modernized electric power grid.